Microsoft Reportedly Agreed to Buy Coding Resource GitHub

Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie and Jason Warner senior vice president of technology at GitHub at Microsoft Build 2018

Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie and Jason Warner senior vice president of technology at GitHub at Microsoft Build 2018

GitHub preferred selling the company to going public and chose Microsoft partially because it was impressed by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information.

The company had raised $250 million in 2015 bringing the company's valuation to $2 billion.

Founded in 2008, GitHub is a commercial service based on the Git open-source project, and it gives people and companies a web-based way to collaborate on software development. GitHub is now without a CEO, following last year's departure of Chris Wanstrath, who was GitHub's founder and previously held the position.

Two days ago we reported on a rumour that Microsoft was in talks to purchase Github, but that Microsoft was reportedly baulking at Github's $5 billion asking price. Many engineers use the site to store their code, keep tabs on updates, and even use it as a discussion forum.

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It looks like GitHub will be added to the list, giving Microsoft an edge in open-source development.

Despite all those users, Github was not making money, and it probably wasn't long for the world as a independent company. The actual terms of the deal remain unknown.

In early May, Microsoft revealed a new partnership with GitHub that was meant to bring the power of Azure DevOps services to GitHub users. Eyeing big tech companies with skepticism is definitely prudent, but millions of companies already trust Microsoft with their email, financial spreadsheets, and proprietary code running on Azure servers. However, this time the conversations have become more serious. More than 75 percent of respondents think the acquisition is a bad move, and the likes of Google and Disney have been suggested as more suitable buyers.

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